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    Volume 40, Issue 4 (July 1995)

    Moves of Murder

    (Received 1 March 1994; accepted 22 October 1994)


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    A missing person report was filed with the local Police Department. In the ensuing days it became apparent this was not just a missing person case when a bloody pillow and pillowcase were recovered from a wooded area not far from the missing woman's home. Careful examination of the pillowcase revealed fragments of a bloody fingerprint and bloody patterns that seemed to indicate the type of weapon used. A thorough search of the woman's bedroom resulted in the recovery of three small blood stains, a wig fiber and a head hair. Although the body of the victim was not recovered during the investigation, the evidence collected and techniques used by the forensic investigators resulted in a guilty plea to second degree murder.

    Author Information:

    Ballou, SM
    Forensic Scientist, Montgomery County Police Headquarters, Forensic Science Division, Rockville, Maryland

    Stock #: JFS13849J


    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13849J

    Title Moves of Murder
    Symposium ,
    Committee E30